Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Wanda is a hen that was born to be a mom. She thinks it is her job to solely repopulate our yard with more cute little chicks. She went broody several months ago. Every day I'd collect all the eggs and she'd wait in the nest, ready to sit on the next day's eggs. A friend of mine ordered some Barred Rock pullets, so I asked him if I could have a couple to see if Wanda would raise them. He gave me 3 chicks, so one night I crept out to the coop to put them under Wanda. I was a little nervous to see if she'd accept them or not. I put 2 under her and set one in front of her. I waited to see what she'd do, and was relieved to see her gently tuck the third chick under her in the nest. Success! Unfortunately one chick disappeared the first day she brought them outside, and one chick had a tragic accident in a water bowl yesterday. She still has one chick left, and she's being a great mom. Hopefully this last chick will be able to survive the dangers of the big world!